Håmsø Patentbyrå AS is one of Norway’s leading firms of patent and trademark attorneys. The firm acts for a variety of clients, including individuals, SMEs, research institutions and corporates - to obtain and maintain patents, registered trademarks and registered designs.
In the area of patents, the firm has a solid foundation of EQE qualified European Patent Attorneys who specialise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Over recent years, the firm has been one of the top filers of new patent applications from private practice prosecution firms in Norway.
The firm is regularly and increasingly instructed by overseas patent and trademark firms, e.g. private practice firms from the USA and elsewhere, to represent clients locally at the European Patent Office (as well as the Norwegian IP Office). We are regularly called upon to assist in litigation, questions of infringement and validity, due diligence and product clearance work.
We represent clients directly before the Norwegian IP Office and the European Patent Office. In the last couple of years, we have also acted directly in oral hearings including in opposition proceedings at the EPO. Several of our attorneys are certified to act or have practiced in other European jurisdictions. This provides us with in depth international experience, and on this basis we also act directly in certain proceedings before other IP offices in Europe, such as the UK, Sweden and Denmark. We also routinely prosecute cases for clients in proceedings before other IP offices in jurisdictions worldwide through our network of overseas associate attorneys.
Seven different nationalities are represented in our team of attorneys. The team draws on experience from private practice and in-house IPR departments from major European jurisdictions. The patent team members all have technical degrees, and several attorneys have practical experience from engineering or technology companies. Furthermore, several of our patent attorneys are PhD qualified.
Håmsø Patentbyrå AS is the Scandinavian representative of the pan-European AIPEX-network which specialises in bespoke, one-point-of-contact IP solutions and management for international technology companies with significant European IP portfolios. Håmsø Patentbyrå AS continues to act as regional counsel within AIPEX on large patent portfolios for such companies.
Håmsø Patentbyrå AS has experienced 70 years of continuous growth. In 2019, ownership changed hands to a new partnership of seven of the firm's existing team including its CEO, head of patent department, head of trademark and design department and several European qualified patent attorneys.
Our head office is in the Stavanger region of South West Norway, in what is arguably the most innovative region of the country. The firm continues to enjoy a solid local client base and regular instructions for new patent and trademark filings from domestic and international companies.
Foreningen for norske IP-rådgivere (FONIP)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)
Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)
The Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys
The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (UK)
Norwegian Association of Intellectual Property Administrators (NAIPA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
A European association representing the interests of brand owners (Marques)
Zacco is a true European full-service consultancy with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. We are more than 500 IP professionals including over 125 authorised patent attorneys and over 75 authorised Trademark and Design Attorneys and attorneys-at-law covering seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved top tier rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management, and Legal 500 that vouch for the outstanding quality of our services. We are the leading “one single point of contact” for handling European cases.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Through our European offices and the local expertise Zacco cover the following jurisdictions in Europe: EPO, EUIPO, Norway, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, meaning that you only need one point of contact to handle all your patent prosecution in seven European jurisdictions. Zacco is ranked as a tier-1 firm in several of the mentioned countries, and a considerable number of our attorneys have achieved individual recommendations in well-established IP rankings.
Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco can provide you with an expert for your specific field of technology. You will find a great match for your needs, no matter if you have an invention within chemistry, mechanics or biotech, or in the areas of digitalisation, software and AI.
Generally, our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on European trademark and design practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EU Intellectual Property Office.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts within IP litigation and dispute matters, we at Zacco can represent our clients ourselves within these jurisdictions: EUIPO/EPO, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Unlike a traditional law firm we are renowned experts on IP, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests.
In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides the full range of IP legal services cross border. These services are offered by a cooperation of law firms and lawyers working and sharing offices with Zacco throughout Scandinavia and in Germany.
The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance in connection with the drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to intellectual property, GDPR and other compliance matters, advertising and e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, establishment of customs surveillance and other measures for the prevention or combat of counterfeiting.
Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.
Our Vision – IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of its clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets. Everything that you literally can’t put your finger on. We protect them, give our clients ownership and make them theirs to keep – now and in the future.
Due to its size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as secure software development, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and portfolio management.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco is constantly evolving and adjusting to its surroundings. With a recent broadening of its scope of services, Zacco is focused on meeting the implications and possibilities of digitalisation. This broadening involves applying a 360-degree perspective on intellectual property, including cybersecurity and software. The overall purpose is to guard all intangible assets of Zacco’s clients.
150 years’ experience of innovative thinking
We have a long history as an international IP consultancy dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on developing and expanding our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has developed into one of Europe’s largest and most experienced IP consulting firms.
Bryn Aarflot AS is a full-service IP boutique and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. The firm provides services on all levels and across all disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, including patent, design and trademark clearance/FTO, filing and prosecution services, as well as legal assistance, enforcement and litigation services within said fields, copyrights, unfair competition and more. From its office in Oslo, Norway, the firm assists a number of foreign clients of all sizes in clearing, protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property in Norway, as well as Norwegian companies with similar interests in Norway and abroad.
Established in 1947, Bryn Aarflot has strong roots and a long history in the IP environment. Throughout the years, the firm has built solid and valuable professional relationships with a large network of highly qualified attorneys, law firms and IP agents across the globe, enabling swift and adequate handling of virtually any IP-related challenge its clients may meet, without territorial boundaries.
With a strong foothold in traditional patent and trademark prosecution services, while constantly looking to evolve and adapt according to market trends and demands, Bryn Aarflot has expanded its scope of services into the contentious arena and other aspects of IP-related services. Today, the firm stands out as one of Norway’s most successful full-service IP firms. By offering clients a full range of high-quality IP services, the company assists clients throughout the lifecycle of any intangible asset or IP right.
The firm is one of Norway’s largest of its kind, with a strong team of highly experienced lawyers and European Patent Attorneys covering all fields of technology and intellectual property and related areas of law. It also has a highly experienced administrative staff, ensuring diligent monitoring and handling of deadlines and formal requirements.
During the last years, the company’s litigation work has sharply increased, with several court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.
A small team of the company’s lawyers is now working primarily on contentious matters across all disciplines of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, design and unfair competition.
The firm currently counts 24 attorneys in total. This includes 15 European Patent Attorneys, of which nine are partners at different levels. Of the nine Attorneys-at-Law, eight are partners on different levels. In addition, the company CEO, Kristine Aarflot, who is a senior partner in the firm, holds approximately 20 years of experience as a trademark attorney.
Bryn Aarflot is regularly recognized as a top-tier IP firm in Norway by a number of legal publications. The company was named “IP Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2016 and 2017 as well as in 2020, and has been shortlisted for this award, and ranked as a top tier firm in both trademark and patent prosecution each year for at least the last decade. In 2015- 2020, Bryn Aarflot was also ranked in the contentious categories for trademark/copyright and patent. Several of the firm’s attorneys are regularly named among the top professionals within their respective fields of expertise in different IP awards by other renowned publications, such as the IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, ILO Client Choice Awards (wins throughout 2013-2019), Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, etc.
Bryn Aarflot made the top rankings in the WTR 1000 for the years 2011 to 2020 and several of its partners were listed in the individual rankings for each of these years. In the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of the WTR 1000, the firm had more individuals listed than any other Norwegian firm. Several of the firm’s lawyers are actively engaged in national and international IP associations such as FONIP (Norwegian daughter association of FICPI), and sub-committees of INTA, and in giving lectures and writing articles for various professional publications. The firm aims to be Norway’s most client-attentive, adaptive and service-minded IP firm, making the Bryn Aarflot name synonymous with proactive attendance to client interests and needs.
Network Memberships INTA, ECTA, AIPPI, EPI, FICPI, LES, Norwegian Bar Association
Onsagers AS is a leading full-service specialized IP firm and IP strategy advisor in Norway, acting globally with our dedicated International IP team. Team of International IP experts in Norway.
Onsagers’ dedicated International IP team offers a 'one-stop-shop', where attorneys at law and European patent attorneys with extensive international experience work in close collaboration.
Our International Team has comprehensive experience in trademark and patent prosecution, enforcement, including customs seizures, passing-off and unfair competition cases, as well as trademark and patent infringement and validity cases, some of which have attracted international attention. We will give you the best professional and cost-efficient advice for your IP in Norway.
Our team members have vast experience from the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO), as well as from representing Norway in WIPO, the EPO and Nordic Baltic IP Committees. Our experience ensures updated insight into Norwegian IP practice and efficient advice and best strategy for your IP rights.
Your Norwegian IP partner Onsagers is one of the largest, leading and longest established IP firms in Norway, with over 70 years of practice. Onsagers promises to give professional, clear-cut advice with a practical, no-nonsense approach; we dare to say GO / NO GO.
Our objective is to be your privileged partner for the protection, management and exploitation of your IP. Through open dialogue and clear-cut advice, combined with modern technology, updated services and a cost-conscious approach, Onsagers offers premium-quality IP advice.